2019 Charity News

Hi members!

Thank you to all who contributed charity quilts, the new wave quilts and your own designs!


  • We were able to donate a total of 16 quilts in 2018 (yay!) to the Robert Kaufman quilt drive to benefit the California fire victims.
  • We already have 6 finished quilts ready for donation.  
  • We have 42 pillowcases ready to send to the Stuffed Suitcase program through the Giving Hope Network for their next giving event and we are so thankful to you guys, you’re the best! Let’s try to beat 2017’s pillowcase record of 127 pillowcases made and make more for 2019!
  • In addition, we have already donated 32 pounds of fabric scraps to the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Their Instagram is @sjsacademy if you want to check them out.

Below are the charity activities happening so far for 2019, we are so excited for our upcoming projects!

Log Cabin Blocks

We are making log cabin blocks that should be made 12 ½ by 12 ½ that will be finished 12×12 blocks. We would like for you to dig up those awesome stash strips and ask that members use some white in the block so they have a universal look once assembled into the quilt tops. There will be strips available at the February meeting from the charity stash and white to mix up with your stash. We will have a special giveaway in March for members who bring in log cabin blocks, but we will continue to collect blocks until we have enough for a quilt top or two. Use up that scrap stash!


log cabin with measured strips


one log cabin with measured strips, and one with unmeasured wonky strips


Quilts of Valor Blocks


Quilts of Valor blocks


Thank you for all who made QOV blocks lately, they are awesome! We will be collecting more through to the April meeting so we have enough to assemble into several quilt tops. There will be QOV block kits available at the February meeting as well as at the charity open sew that we are hosting during the weekend of QuiltCon (February 23rd). These blocks should be 12.5” x 12.5” and can be any pattern of your choosing. Please make sure the colors are red, white and blue.



Presenting the 2019 NJMQG Charity Pattern of the Year! 

shoreline quilt The pattern we are using this year for charity quilts and kits is the “Shoreline” pattern from Tula Pink. This is a free pattern available from her website and we were given permission to create kits for our guild. Rachel, Crista, Terri and Emily got together last month to organize the charity stash (thank you!) and have already created 10 kits to make quilt tops for this pattern! These will be available at the charity open sew. We will continue to have the Elizabeth Hartman New Wave Quilt pattern and kit if you would still like to try that pattern.

We also have tops with backing and battings available for those of you who want to practice your FMQ skills and walking foot! These will be available at the March meeting. We have 5 quilt tops that need backings made or cut, and 4 quilt tops/backs ready for batting and quilting.

Thank you again for all of your charity efforts last year, you are all amazing.  I can’t wait to see how many we get done this year, let’s try to beat last year’s pillowcase numbers!

Emily Chwazik

Co-Chair of Charity Committee

Reminder: Open Sew & Charity Sew Combo – this Saturday 10/7

Our Open Sew is this Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings).

We have SIX hours of sewing scheduled! Can’t make it for the entire time? Come when you can!

So many inquiries have come in about contributing to the recent hurricane relief, we are combining & using the opportunity of this open sew to also make progress on our charity efforts. *Of course, if you have a project you’re trying to get done, please bring it. It will be nice to sew and spend time together.

For our charity sewing – quick and easy is the key, so we can get as much done as possible. We can work together in groups to knock out some projects: sew with a buddy or make a team!
*We’ll bring our donated fabric, scraps, and a big roll of batting.
Don’t feel like piecing? That’s cool – there are few quilt tops already made just waiting to be to be quilted. We’ve cut out big pieces of coordinated fabric for backs, some new tops, or there are a few precut pillowcases if you’d like to try one of those.
*Do you have any jelly rolls or charm packs you haven’t found any use for? (Then let me see your jelly roll!) Bring them along – maybe they will work with something in the charity stash – and no cutting needed! Large pieces for backings are especially appreciated.

*Besides fabric and batting, we will have a cutting station, including an AccuQuilt (Diane will be there to show us the magic of the AccuQuilt and we’ll cut all the things at one time!); an ironing station, and some extension cords.

Please bring:
*sewing machine and your basic supplies
*small ironing set up (the more the merrier), or ironing board (let us know if you’re able to bring one)
*extension cords/surge protectors
*your smiling face

Food stuffs: bring snacks, bring your own lunch (there is a microwave & fridge available), or bring cash $$$ to buy from the Cedar Grove Deli. We’ll place an order.
Please bring any finished pillowcases you have – I heard you all made SO MANY!!!!!
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you all


Events for Autumn 2017


I hope everyone has had a fun summer!  Doesn’t it seem like it has been ages since our last meeting?  Here’s an overview of our upcoming happenings (all events are at the Cedar Grove Community Church unless noted):

Charity:  We’re now adding a quilt drive for Houston and Florida in addition to our planned pillowcase drive for children in foster care.

Easy-Burrito-Pillowcase-TutorialPillowcases for the Giving Hope Network – Please bring pillowcases to the September 21 Meeting.  (You can also make them at the October 7 Open Sew but our focus on that day is now moving toward quilt making for Hurricane victims.)

Here are a few tutorials:

All People Quilt Free Patterns  
Nancy’s Notions Speedy Trim Pillowcase PDF download
Missouri Star Burrito/Rollup Pillowcase Video Tutorial

Hurricane Response:  We’d love to hear from members your ideas about how you would like us to implement this, but we know one thing:  we will be making quilts for distribution!  To that end, please feel free to start making them now.  In addition, our Open Sew on October 7 will be dedicated to making quilts for Florida and Houston.  The guild has fabric and batting, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to quilt and bind them.

Meeting September 21:
Trunk Show with member Michelle Reiter.
The Paint chip mini quilt swap is now due at the October meeting.   Details are below.


Noodlehead singlebagSeptember 23 10AM-4PM:
Noodlehead Market Tote with Michelle Reiter – There have been a few cancellations, so there are 2 spots open.
SIGN UP:  Noodlehead Market Tote





imagesOpen Sew October 7,  10AM-4PM:
Guild Charity Sew Day for Houston and Florida.  Come and sew for a few hours or all day!  Guild will supply fabric and batting.


Meeting October 19, 7:15 PM:  
Trunk show with member Melanie Tuazon.
imagesPaint Chip Minis due.  Make a mini quilt using the colors on the paint chip that you chose at the August meeting.  Size Should be no longer than 12″ on one size and 20″ on the other. (see above for details!)



trillOctober 21 10AM-4PM
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon  – There are still a few spots available.
SIGN UP:  Trill Workshop






Meeting November 16, 7:15:
Star Hive BlocksBee Block Swap Quarter 3 due
Potholder swap due -Make a potholder (8″x8″). This should be a  modern take on a classic block!



nuno felt scarf

November 18 10AM-5PM
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers
SIGN UP: Nuno Felted workshop






downloadDecember 14, 7:15PM
Holiday Party and Elfster Swap  at LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave/Caldwell NJ